Shocked N’Diaye will wait to decide long-term future after Sunderland loan exit

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ALFRED N’DIAYE plans to wait until next summer to decide his future after being taken aback by Sunderland’s decision to allow him to leave.

N’Diaye moved to Turkish side Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan in July, just six months after arriving at the Stadium of Light in a £3.8million deal from Bursaspor.

The Football Echo understands that N’Diaye was given little explanation for Sunderland’s decision to offload him after what had seemed a promising start to his Black Cats career. The 23-year-old is now keeping his options open over his long-term future after making his Eskisehirspor debut last weekend.

Although there is a clause in the loan deal to convert it into a permanent move – as is the case with all overseas loans – N’Diaye isn’t necessarily accepting that his long-term future lies in Turkey.

N’Diaye will see what the season brings for him before deciding on the best move next summer.

A source close to N’Diaye said: “It was a surprise when Alfred was told that he wasn’t part of Paolo Di Canio’s plans at Sunderland. He was enjoying himself there and the fans seemed to like him.

“But he knew the coach at Eskiehirspor from his time at Bursaspor, so it was a good move for him. It doesn’t mean he will stay there next summer.

“He will see how he progresses over the season and then make a decision.”

N’Diaye had started 15 out of 17 Premier League games since being brought to the Stadium of Light by Martin O’Neill and seemed to have adapted well to English football by the end of the campaign.

But Di Canio opted to part company with N’Diaye and has added to his central midfield options with the summer captures of El-Hadji Ba, Cabral and Ki Sung-Yueng.

N’Diaye has denied that he had a bust-up with Di Canio though and claimed last month that he returned to Turkey to play regular first-team football.

“There was no problem with the coach,” said N’Diaye. “We talked about my expectations because I need playing time. I’m at an age where I need to play, so it was agreed to my loan and I chose Turkey.

“After the half-season I spent at Sunderland, starting on the bench was not what I wanted.

“I am only 23, but you must play every week to progress. I could have stayed at Sunderland, but I preferred the loan.”

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